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    Thanks, But No Thanks

    01.27.2016 / LIFE

    You know when you’re at brunch and the waiter talks of their artisan jam? “It’s made from hand-picked organic cherries in Michigan, this tiny little farm off 96, and we infuse it with fresh mint from our herb wall over there and really, you’re not going to believe it. It’s divine. Trust me. Would you like some?” he’ll say. But you’ve never been one for jelly, not really. Oh, man, that does sound awesome! No thanks, though. “Really, you’ve gotta …


    Tea For One

    01.25.2016 / OTHER

    Well, my little universe is in balance again. And by that, I mean, the scale has been tipped to the other side entirely, the side in which discipline wins and self control reigns and I’ve been eating raw carrots for lunch. You, too? I have always lived in a world of extremes. Ken calls me ‘All or nothing,’ and he says it with a smile unless we’re arguing, and then he says it with a sigh. But he’s right – …

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    A Toddler’s Prayer

    01.22.2016 / FAMILY

    For posterity, is all: Dear God, It’s me! Thank you for a wonderful day. Actually (Mom, can I say actually? – Yes, you can say actually), OK, actually, thank you for hedgehogs, too. I think they are just so funny when they sneeze. Please help me to sleep good. Thank you for my hair and my knees and actually for stickers. The end. Oops! I mean ‘Amen.’ The end. Oops! I said it again! I’m actually going to just start …

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    The Mealtime Movement

    01.19.2016 / FAMILY

    I have often heard that families are created around the dinner table. That the most important hour of the day is 6pm, that we must take pause and say grace and eat the potatoes together, evening after evening, without fail, no matter what, forever and ever, Amen. Dinner time is sacred, it has been written. And it is sacred, of course, but I don’t think it is sacred because of the hour, or the table setting, or the menu. I …

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    01.15.2016 / OTHER

    This morning, I read a beautiful passage from an interview with artist Janine Antoni, who once learned to walk a tightrope for the art commission, Touch. She says this: So, I practiced tightrope for about an hour a day, and after about a week, I started to feel like, I’m now getting my balance. And as I was walking, I started to notice that it wasn’t that I was getting more balanced but that I was getting more comfortable with …

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    The Truth About Minimalism

    01.13.2016 / LIFE

    My first purging attempt is in college. Dressed in a bandana and cutoff jean shorts, I survey the stacks of class notes, old photos, vacation journals and books that line my wallpapered closet. I sing along to the Beach Boys on repeat – God Only Knows – and I carefully cull through years and years of ephemera to find the hidden gems I want to carry with me. What will I want to stuff into suitcases that might offer padding, …

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